It has been agreed at Thursday’s council meeting (THU 27 JUNE) that up to £300,000 from the Campbeltown CHORD project fund will be allocated to the South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT). The money will be used for the Campbeltown Town Hall project.
The Campbeltown Town Hall is seen as one of the most important buildings in the town and is located within the Campbeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). It is one of only two key properties which has still to be delivered and there is THI grant funding of £378,000 ring fenced for the project.
In February 2011 the trust indicated they wanted to take on the building which had been earmarked for mothballing by the council. Since then the council has been working in partnership with SKDT to make sure this important community building has a sustainable future. Most of the funding required to make this happen is being sought from the Big Lottery Growing Community Assets fund however there still remains a shortfall of £300,000 and there are limited other ways to get this money.
Lead Councillor for Environment, Development and Infrastructure, John Semple said, “This is a key building in Campbeltown and an important community asset. The money the council has agreed to allocate will go some way towards helping refurbish the Town Hall into a mix of community and commercial space which will then become a focal point for the town, generating activity in the town centre. I look forward to seeing the finished result.”